Last Tuesday night we attended the Edgewater College Co-Curricular prize giving. It was a poignant evening for our family as it was the very last co-curricular prize giving we will attend. Because of its significance we got the whole family to come along - sort of an "end of an era" type of thing. Also Isaac was the guest speaker.
On the way home Jill and I were reflecting that after the Senior Prize giving next week on Thursday all our children will have left school. (Well Abbey has to go back for exams but she won't be attending daily.) With 4 children, that is over 20 years of school trips, parent/teacher interviews, last minute assignments, forgotten lunches, shows, galas, sports competitions and, for me, lots of board meetings. This is another stage in our lives complete and it hasn't turned out so bad.
In the Bible in Ecclesiastes there are some quite famous verses in chapter 3 which talk about 'seasons'. It starts off saying;
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
Sometimes when we are in the midst of things (good and bad) we can think that there seems to be no end to it - but the reality is it does pass. If you are in a season of joy then appreciate it, share it and give God the glory. If you are in a season of heartache then share it and press in to God - draw down on his indwelling and the support of his people.